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"Ain't Wastin' Time No More" (Gregg Allman) – 3:40 (c)
"Les Brers in A Minor" (Dickey Betts) – 9:03 (c)
"Melissa" (Gregg Allman/Steve Alaimo) – 3:54 (c)
"Mountain Jam" (Donovan Leitch/Duane Allman/Gregg Allman/Dickey Betts/Jai Johanny Johansen/Berry Oakley/Butch Trucks) – 33:38 (a)
"One Way Out" (Marshall Sehorn/Elmore James) – 4:58 (b)
"Trouble No More" (Muddy Waters) – 3:43 (a)
"Stand Back" (Gregg Allman/Berry Oakley) – 3:24 (c)
"Blue Sky" (Dickey Betts) – 5:09 (c)
"Little Martha" (Duane Allman) – 2:07 (c)
(a)Recorded live at the Fillmore East, New York City, New York, March 12 & 13, 1971.
(b)Recorded live at the Fillmore East, New York City, New York, June 27, 1971.
(c)Recorded at Criteria Studios, Miami, Florida, September through December 1971.
On the original LP, side one consisted of the first three tracks — studio numbers recorded after Duane's death. Side two starts the live material with Duane and consisted of the first 19:37 of "Mountain Jam". Side three consisted of two live tracks and three more studio numbers recorded with Duane. Side four consisted of the final 15:06 of "Mountain Jam" including some initial overlap with the end of side two.
& "Melissa" is a song written in 1967 by Gregg Allman. It was first recorded by The 31st of February – an early band comprising the Allman brothers, Gregg and Duane – in September 1968 at TK Studios, Hialeah, Florida, United States for their second album produced by Alaimo, which was never completed. The result of those sessions were subsequently released in May 1972 on an album entitled Duane & Gregg Allman. In the meantime it had been re-recorded by Gregg and Duane's new band, The Allman Brothers Band and released on the Eat a Peach album in February 1972. The song was again recorded at TK Studios, this time produced by Tom Dowd and engineered by Richard Finch, TK's budding teenage recording studio prodigy and future co-founder of KC and the Sunshine Band. Allman sold partial songwriting credit to "Melissa" to Steve Alaimo in 1968 to get back to Los Angeles, California to complete contractual recording obligations. Subsequently, Gregg Allman bought back the rights completely from Alaimo.
The song was not written for a woman named Melissa. The song was written before Gregg came up with the name. He said he was standing in line at a grocery store when he overheard a woman yelling to her young daughter who had scampered off, "Oh, Melissa! Melissa, come back, Melissa". He liked the name and decided it was a perfect fit for the song.
% Blue Sky" is the eighth track by the Allman Brothers Band off the Eat a Peach album.
Dickey Betts wrote this about his Native American girlfriend, Sandy "Bluesky" Wabegijig. And for a while, Betts refused to perform this after their 1975 divorce.
Although Duane Allman was part of the recording of this song, he died before its release on Eat a Peach. Duane Allman and Dickey Betts played on the bridge solo - Duane going first--starting at 1:07, followed by Dickey. They start playing a melody line at 2:28, which Dickey's solo follows. There are only four known live recordings of the song with Duane Allman, one of them being from their archival live album S.U.N.Y. at Stonybrook: Stonybrook, NY 9/19/71 released in 2003.
This is the first time Dickey Betts sang lead vocals on an Allman Brothers song.
The song has been covered several times, with perhaps the best known cover being Joan Baez's 1975 recording of the song on her Diamonds & Rust album.
Two arrangements of this song are out as of 2012. The Allman Brothers have performed the SUNY Stony Brook/Eat a Peach version with Warren Haynes doing vocals (although Gregg Allman does them sometimes). Another arrangement, a newer arrangement that had been evolving since 1973 but finished evolving around 2001, has been performed by Dickey Betts and his band Great Southern.
# "Little Martha" was the only Allman Brothers Band track written solely by group leader and partial namesake Duane Allman. The tune first appeared on the final studio track on the Allman Brothers Band's fourth album, Eat A Peach, released in 1972. The track was recorded in October 1971, a few weeks before Duane Allman's death in a motorcycle accident.
Allman's original recording of the song is a bouncy fingerstyle acoustic guitar instrumental duet with minimal accompaniment. Allman and bandmate Dickey Betts played the tune on 6-string guitars using open E tuning. The song's simple melody and rhythmic counterpoint quickly made it a favorite among fans; acoustic guitar virtuoso Leo Kottke, who often covered the song in performance, once called it "the most perfect guitar song ever written."
The story goes[clarification needed] that Allman had a dream where Jimi Hendrix showed him the melody of the tune in a Holiday Inn motel bathroom, using the sink faucet as a guitar fretboard. Remembering the melody during the October 1971 sessions that produced most of the third side of what would become Eat A Peach, Allman laid down the track, joined only by Dicky Betts and bassist Berry Oakley, though Oakley's part would be mixed out of the final version, leaving the number as a duet for the two guitarists. (Oakley's part would be restored on the 1989 box set Dreams.)
The song's namesake was Martha Ellis, a twelve-year-old girl whose grave the Allman Brothers Band had come across during their frequent trips to Rose Hill Cemetery in their homebase of Macon, Georgia. (Both Duane Allman himself and Berry Oakley would be buried there by the end of 1972). As with Dicky Betts' 1970 instrumental "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed", the song was named for one person but actually about somebody else. Allman envisioned it as an ode to his then-girlfriend, a groupie named Dixie Meadows, who later would unsuccessfully sue to control Allman's estate after his death.
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